So today at work it happened i had finally had all i could take I was at one of my stores that I don't get to very much. This store as one of only 2 men that work for me. we had had a good day so far no technical probs with the new system that was installed. I was working with a corporate installer who was a bit of a pig but again I don't deal with alot men so sometimes I forget they are just wired differently. But anyway this gentleman that works for me was having some sort of issue with our system and didn't get how a certain feature worked when out of no where he yells " that is so gay". The girl that was working with us slapped this arm and just looked at him. I calmly turned to him and told him I would not tolerate that again. it created a hostile work place I didn't care for and that if I ever heard that comment from him again I would ask him to clock out and leave my store. He just stared at me. Apparently he did not understand that I am gay.. I don't see how but I told him that I do not tolerate any type of hate speech and would do the same if he use other not nice words. His statement was I would never use the N word or anything. Which brings me to my point...
Why is it OK to single out the "gays" We are people too and just standing up to this ignorant man made me feel better. I was talking to the young lady that was there with us as we drove home and I told her I thought that maybe I just have a lower tolerance for men since I don't deal with them that often. she just laughed. I know that we as a community have a long road ahead of us but I have decided that at least with the 50 or so people that work for me I will have a gay friendly zone or they can find other employment. I have to work to feed the family and I will do it in an environment that is at least tolerant even if they don't like it!